Posts Tagged ‘ S92a ’

Australia, its now your turn

Last year, I brought you the New Zealand Blackout, in response to the S92a Internet Guilt upon Accusation fiasco, well Australia, its now your turn. The Electronic Frontiers Australia has endorsed a similar action for the week around and including Australia Day, a wide reaching Internet Blackout.

Starting the 25th and going until the 29th, Australian Tech users will be blacking their websites, as well as their display pictures, in protest to the Government’s insistence in presenting the Mandatory Internet Filter to the Senate, despite constant, and unanimous opposition to the Mandatory Internet Filter, in fact there are a number of individuals, groups, organizations and websites, that are already blacking their content in preparation to next weeks protest.

Like last time, support from outside Australia is requested, and greatly appreciated, as is the request to sign the EFA’s petition against the Internet Filter.

If this Filter is passed through the Senate, it will not protect Children as is its intention, as it does not stop the trafficking of Child Pornography, a fact admitted by, by Stephen Conroy, who insists that the filter would be used to protect children from content deemed inappropriate, however, the old argument still stands, the Government does not have a right to dictate what is inappropriate for a child to be exposed to, only to advise and educate, however if this filter is enacted, this ability would be taken from parents, an insistence that the Government knows best, and that Parents are incapable of raising their own children.

For more information on the Great Australian Blackout, go to internetblackout.com.au, to sign the Electronic Frontiers Australia petition go to Sign the petition here.

Once again I hope to thank all my regular readers for their support of this innovative

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At least one South Pacific Government see’s reason

As I stated in the last article, the New Zealand Government yesterday, officially announced that the publically denounced Section 92A Amendment, ceases to exist; following what reports in New Zealand state, as a failure of the ISP’s and the Entertainment Industries to find any form of common ground to reach an agreement on the proposed law, which had necessitated the original postponement of the Amendment back in February.

New Zealand Minister for Commerce Simon Power, said yesterday, that “Cabinet today decided that section 92A of the Copyright Act 1994 will not come into force on 27 March as scheduled, but will be amended to address areas of concern,” While this is a victory, what concerns me, as well as a number of other technology bloggers, is that while in its current form, the Amendment has not gone away; there is nothing stating that the Government will rewrite the entire thing, or if they will change one or two minor issues and hope for the best.
Ever the skeptic, I suspect that the only reason the Government withdrew the Amendment was because of the electronic tongue lashing they received from the masses, and that it will be back, though we are not entirely sure as to when this will be the case, or what it will look like.

The Kiwi Blackout Protest showed the world what online communities geared around social issues, do in fact work, while the end result was brought on by the entertainment industry unable to come to terms with the ISP’s had it not been for the BlackOut campaign, the rest of the world would not have been aware of if, I know for certain, had it not been for the TWiT Armies kiwinerd, informing me about this event taking place, I probably would never have covered it.

While I am happy for my Kiwi brethren, I feel torn somewhat ashamed at the same time, that while the Kiwi Government can openly come out and say that this Amendment does not work so we are going to fix it, while its counterpart over the ditch, can’t seem to pull their finger out and realise that if a hundred thousand or so people, from a country of only 21 million are against something, and the number one and three ISP’s in the country are against it as well, and the number one ISP is still partially owned by the same government, and yet is against it, that maybe, just maybe, that it doesn’t work, and they should stop doing it.

According to reports, the whole S92a debacle, was brought on as a result of foreign interests, in particular the RIAA, as a way of clamping down on P2P file sharing. Had the online communities not stood up to this, then New Zealand would have been a horrible guinea pig for other countries, however its failure sets a precedent to prevent this from happening again.

I will continue to cover this, and the Internet Filter as more information becomes available.

South Pacific censorship

I was working on a lovely little article the other day about people helping people online when I had a TWiT Army Colleague come up to me and hand me a url, that started to get my blood boiling. While I tend to leave the editorial work to Terence, as he does it a LOT better than I; but I felt that I needed to wade into an issue that seems to be growing like a plague and it’s up to us, the online blogging FREE media, to stand up against it.
Granted the DocNetwork is slow to stand up and rattle the sabre in support of this, and we apologise for not getting on board publically until now, but we have also been covering the Victorian Bushfires at the same time, and it is only the two of us here, and only one of us actually writes news.

The issue I am referring to is the across the Tasman Sea to our Eastern Brother, New Zealand; and since kiwinerd, has been so supportive of our Crusade for a Free and Uncensored Internet, we thought we would return the favour and support an issue that affects her family, and could be the start of things far worse.
Towards the tail end of our coverage of the Victorian Bushfires, and when we started commenting about the Australian Mandatory Internet Filter, New Zealand Tech writers, including our friend kiwinerd was covering New Zealand’s own draconian version of the filter.
Last year the NZ 1984 Copyright Act was amended, while they edited the Act considerably, the addition of only one new section known as Section 92A. Which reads “An Internet service provider must adopt and reasonably implement a policy that provides for termination, in appropriate circumstances, of the account with that Internet service provider of a repeat infringer,” this incredibly vague amendment goes live in seven days, however, this horrible perversion of civil liberties has had EVEN LESS coverage than the Mandatory Internet Filter, and its only about 6 months old.

While major Australian ISP’s refuse to support the Australian Filter, Kiwi ISP’s have commented that the amendment is incredibly vague, and had been working since this time last year on a means of making it the least objectionable to all parties, but are still going along with it.

However, what came from this madness was a system that if an individual, institution or company is accused of copyright infringement; then the ISP will disconnect them. Though according to a number of sources, a number of warnings before termination exists, however the number ranges from one to four and some say no warnings at all. What makes this a civil rights infringement, is that this Act Assumes Guilt on Accusation, no trial will be conducted, all that has to occur is the major entertain industries (and that is all that this amendment will help) says infringement has taken place and the ‘offender’ gets disconnected.

Now this has not happened without a fight, the Creative Freedom Foundation, has formed, and acts in a similar way to GetUp! In Australia, as a central location to garner opposition to this; unfortunately, the GetUp! Campaign has around 100 thousand names on their petition to overthrow the Mandatory Internet Filter; CFF only has 12 thousand to repeal the Amendment. The DocNetwork is on both Petitions, both as an entity, and as myself and Terence as individuals. In an attempt to spread the word, the 23rd February 2009 (i.e. tomorrow on the Australian/NZ side of the world) will be met by an Internet Blackout.
This has already started on Twitter, with first just Kiwis’ then Leo Laporte’s TWiT Army, then it spread out, even the DocNetwork’s own Twitter account have responded by blackening their Twitter avatar. On the 23rd, users who support the repeal are asked to blacken their Facebook Profile Pictures, their MySpace pages and pictures, and their blogs. There is even a call to black out entire websites as a show of protest. If we can figure it out, the DocNetwork will be black tomorrow to support this action.

If you would like additional information about how to support this repeal, please go to http://nzblackout.org/, and sign the petition here we put the call out to all technocrats out there to sign, as if it starts in New Zealand, who knows when it will stop. Like the Mandatory Internet Filter, we will be covering this as it progresses. Please stay tuned to the DocNetwork, for more information

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